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This is a contributed post by Tanya Rozanes Olevsky, a teacher, language specialist, and manager of LinguaCom, which provides language training and academic assistance.

Inclusion — a challenge?

In my opinion, inclusion is the understanding that each and every classroom is heterogeneous to a certain extent. As teachers, we constantly struggle with the challenge of diversity and integrating students with learning disabilities can create an even bigger gap. My term for it is 'multi-levelled teaching,' which requires more time for lesson preparation and means you may struggle to find resources. But this is where fun and creativity come in: using games, visual aids, and varying strategies to keep students engaged and suit their diverse needs is the key.

Quizlet sets are easy to create and can save you tons of time, paper, and money. When combined with some simple and easily varied games, they become an even more powerful multi-levelled teaching tool for supporting vocabulary acquisition and class management.

Quizlet-based games to beat the challenges

Below I list problems LD students often face with solutions our Quizlet-based games provide:

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Here are three fun game ideas that our students love — and that you can easily prepare yourself to use with your students:

Quizlet Monopoly

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Materials needed:

  • A printed game board
  • Game pieces
  • Dice
  • Cards
  • Computer screen with relevant Quizlet set

How to play:

  1. Players pick their game pieces.
  2. Dice are used to define steps.
  3. If a player lands on a property, they take a word card (or click on the flashcards on the screen) and have to translate the word and/or make up a sentence using it, otherwise they pay a fine (using game money).
  4. If a player lands on the question sign, they take a challenge card: sometimes it's an unrelated task, sometimes sentence completion, and sometimes listening and picking the right word to complete the sentence that way just played (via Quizlet flashcard audio). If they can't complete the challenge, they are fined.
  5. If you are right, you can move.
  6. If you are wrong, you must remain in the same position.

Step-by-Step Game

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Materials needed:

  • A printed game board
  • Game pieces
  • Dice
  • Computer screen with relevant Quizlet set

How to play:

  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Open a card from the set.
  3. Translate the card.
  4. Create a sentence with the word.
  5. If you are right, you can move.
  6. If you are wrong, you must remain in the same position.

Run and Match

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This game can be played in couples or in small groups.

Materials:

  • A big screen
  • A projector
  • A stopwatch

How to play:

  1. Groups take turns in matching words and definitions.
  2. Each group sends a representative to the board who has to touch the word and its definition and run back quickly.
  3. The team with the shortest time wins.
  4. Instead of competing you can ask the teams to help each other and finish the task in the shortest possible time.

Tanya also teaches and lectures at several universities in Jerusalem, Israel. She has been using Quizlet since 2015 and is a Quizlet Teacher Ambassador. You can find more of her sets on her Quizlet account and read more on her blog.